GENERAL RENTAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS
1. DEFINITIONS AND GENERAL PRINCIPLES
The hire contract, referred also as rental agreement, is made on personal basis, and may not be transferred.
»You«, »the hirer«, »the renter«, means the drivers and payers mentioned in the hire contract and those signing it, who are deemed hirers.
»The company« and »Europcar« means ABC rent a car d.o.o. (Europcar Slovenia).
»The vehicle« means passenger car or utility vehicle let to you for the duration agreed under the hire contract.
»Damage« shall mean any damage to the vehicle including glass damage, which shall include lenses, mirrors and lights.
»Theft« of the vehicle shall include vandalism, theft of accessories and attempted theft.
The charges contained in the pricelist in face at time of renting shall apply. Where the renter does not fulfill the conditions attached to any special rate he shall pay the normal rate, in the case of a one way rental, the rate of a single journey. This shall also be payable where a heavy goods vehicle, contrary to the agreement is returned to a station other then the one which it was rented. When a vehicle is returned abroad, the costs of retransporting the vehicle shall be charged to the renter, the exact amount depending on the place where the vehicle was returned. Fuel costs and refueling service will be debited to the renter, if the vehicle is not tanked up on return. The renter is liable for all fees, fines and penalties that are addressed to the car rental company during the term of the hire. Accordingly, you are informed that your references may be notified to the police authorities on demand.
When renting the vehicle a deposit is payable of at least the prospective final rental and excess amount. The balance is payable in cash or with other means of payment when returning the vehicle. Where in accordance with a contractual agreement the rental charge is paid by credit it shall be due within 8 days from return of vehicle. Once a delay has occurred, each reminder shall be charged. Interests according to law will be charged. All hirers-passengers shall be jointly liable for the cost of hire.
When presenting a credit card, renter agrees to pay with this credit card and agrees for the company to put all charges, including late charges to this credit card.
3. RETURN OF THE VEHICLE
The renter undertakes upon expiration of the rental period, to return the vehicle to Europcar at the agreed station of return during the office hours of Europcar. The mileage shall be calculated according to the mileage indicator starting at the rental station and ending at the station of return. In the event of proven failure of the mileage indicator the mileage shall be calculated in accordance with distances shown on the map, plus 10% with a minimum of 100 km per day, unless the renter can prove lower mileage.
The hire shall end upon return of the vehicle, its keys and documents at the company's counter, to an uniformed Europcar agent. In no event will you return the keys to person present on the car parks and claiming to be Europcar agents- vehicle value penalty applies.
In the event the vehicle was to be returned without its keys and/or documents, the cost of their replacement will be charged to the renter, as well as of bringing the vehicle back.
The company shall bear no liability for property left in the vehicle at the end of the hire.
Caution: Only transfer of possession of the vehicle, documents and keys altogether to the agent during the station's opening hours and check-in shall put an end to the hire contract. You are liable until the end of the hire contract, including for vehicle's condition, even though the check-in document hasn't been signed by the renter.
In case the vehicle is returned out of opening hours and/or in another country than origin (Slovenia), the renter is liable for vehicle condition and agrees with it to the end of the hire contract – when the vehicle is checked-in by Europcar Slovenia agent – even though the check-in document hasn't been signed by the renter. If the vehicle is returned in another location than agreed, unauthorized drop off charge in amount of 2400€ applies.
Renter is as well liable for all interior and other damages not covered with insurance and must pay for these damages in any case.
Please refer to Art. 5.4 as well.
4. RESERVATION, DELIVERY AND CANCELLATION
Any reservation shall only be binding with respect to price ranges but not individual types of vehicle. Delivery of the vehicle must be taken at the latest within one hour of the agreed time, thereafter Eurpocar shall no longer be bound by the reservation. Cancellations must be received a minimum of 24 hours from the start of the rental period. Where this is not the case the basic charge for one day becomes payable unless the vehicle can be rented out elsewhere.
5. THE VEHICLE
5.1. The vehicle's condition
A document describing vehicle's condition is attached to your contract and/or already written on the contract. You agree to put on it in writing, before departing the station, any apparent damage not described. If not, we shall be deemed to have delivered a vehicle complying with the statement.
We are unfortunately unable to accept claims relating to apparent damage (interior, engine, exterior) not reported at the time of departure.
You must return the vehicle in the condition in which you received it. Any reconditioning costs caused by the renter's misconduct shall be added to the cost of hire.
5.2. Authorized driver
The vehicle shall only be driven by the renter himself, the driver named in the rental contract, the professional drivers employed by renter on his behalf. A valid driving licence shall in each case be obligatory. The renter undertakes at the request of Europcar to state the name and addresses of all drivers of the vehicle in so far as they are not named in the rental contract itself. The other drivers shall be regarded as vicarious.
5.3. Use of the vehicle
a. You must never drive the vehicle elsewhere than in Europe. You must as well never drive in some European countries, as specified on the rental agreement
b. The renter is prohibited from using the vehicle for any of the following:
- taking part in motor sports events and vehicle tests,
- transporting inflammable, toxic or other dangerous substances,
- committing crimes or other offences, even when these are only punishable under the
law, of the place where the offence was committed,
- to carry a number of persons in excess of that mentioned on the vehicle's reg.
- to push or tow another vehicle
- any other purpose beyond those described in the contract.
c. You undertake to use the vehicle in a prudent and reasonable fashion, and in particular, without being under the influence of alcohol, narcotics or any other substance liable to be detrimental to your driving ability, as laid out in the Highway code and in accordance with its intended use, which, for a passenger vehicle, means mainly the carriage of persons on a gratuitous basis. Failing to do so, renter is liable for all damages and costs caused.
Caution: impacts on the top and bottom body-work are not covered by the damage waiver, subject to proof of force majeure.
d. The goods and baggage carried in the vehicle shall not damage the vehicle.
e. When you park your vehicle, even for a short stop, you undertake to lock the vehicle and to use the alarm and/or anti-theft devices fitted to the vehicle. You undertake not to leave any valuable items visible in the vehicle, and, you undertake to take out the radio panel where possible. Failing to do so, the renter is responsible for any damage caused (i.e. break-in).
Failure to return the car keys and documents shall render the theft waiver void.
f. In the event of damage or theft, you must forward to the company as soon as possible the accident report or receipt of theft issued by authorities, together with vehicle's keys and documents.
Europcar is not responsible for the renter's personal property or personal property of any other person, left or driven in/on the vehicle. By signing this contract, the renter explicitly waives the right to any claims arising from the above mentioned loss and/or damage connected with it.
5.4. Maintenance-Mechanical problems
During your hire and according to the mileage run, you will be required to perform customary inspections (oil level, tire pressure, water levels, etc.) in accordance with reasonable and prudent use and act accordingly (e.g. add/change oil, air). Failing to act accordingly, renter is responsible for all damages caused.
Repairs which may become necessary to warrant the proper function and road-worthiness of the vehicle may be contracted for by the renter without prior permission up to sum of € 20.00, whereas larger repairs require Europcar consent. Repairs or replacement of parts may be performed only at authorized service workshops. In case of replacement of parts the renter shall also be obliged to present replaced parts. Europcar will pay for repair costs on production of necessary receipts and replaced parts, unless the renter is responsible for damage. Receipts are only refundable if written to the Europcar official name and address. The costs shall not be acknowledged if the repair is performed without approval, outside of an authorized service, if the replaced parts and receipt have not been presented.
If the renter is responsible for damage and other costs in the event of deliberately or negligently (against reasonable and prudent use) causing the damage to the engine and/or other parts of the car the renter is fully liable and shall indemnify the company for the damage and costs actually suffered; Europcar has the right to refuse to replace the vehicle.
If upon returning the vehicle it is established that any part of the vehicle, equipment or additional accessories has been lost or replaced with worse without Europcar's authorization, the renter shall be obliged to pay damages in the amount of market value of the lost/replaced parts or equipment valid on the date of returning the vehicle. Renter is also responsible and shall be obliged to pay damages-costs if damages are discovered later or are established to be caused by renter.
Europcar obliges itself to provide renters with assistance in case of mechanical problems or damages to the vehicle that cause its immobility and a replacement vehicle, unless the vehicle has been used against Art. 5.3, Phar. a-c in first possible time. Europcar does not take any responsibility and is not obliged to pay for any claims of the renter arising from waiting period to get a replacement car. Only if Europcar doesn't provide renter with replacement car within 24 hours is renter entitled to refund in amount of a daily rate for each day (1 day-24 hrs) after 1st 24 hrs renter is paying for that day. If the renter is responsible for damage and/or immobility of the vehicle, Europcar has the right to replace the vehicle with a vehicle of a lower group/rate if same group not available for the rate agreed for the damaged/broken vehicle group. No refund for lower group rate can be made and no such claims will be accepted.
In the event of any slight damage, the renter shall submit to Europcar a written report together with a diagram. In particular, the accident report shall contain names and addresses of the persons involved and those of any witnesses as well as the registration numbers of any vehicles involved and green card details if involved vehicles from abroad.
6. LIABILITY IN THE EVENT OF DAMAGE TO THE VEHICLE HIRED OR THEFT
You are responsible for the vehicle in your custody.
Accordingly, in the event of theft or damage to it for which you are responsible, or in the absence of any proven liability of a Third Party you shall indemnify the company for the damage actually suffered (cost of repairs, towing costs, market value of the vehicle, immobilization and administrative costs,…)
When CDW and THW are paid, upon the end of the hire, in the event of damage or theft, the renter shall be charged an amount equivalent to the non-waivable amount (see price lists) for actual vehicle group, referred as well as excess or deductible or minimum responsibility, separately per each event. The renter shall be charged a non-waivable amount for the actual vehicle group driving, regardless the charge group for rent itself.
7. LIMITATION OF ACTIONS
Where the accident was reported to the police, any claims for damages made by Europcar against the renter shall only become due once Europcar has had an opportunity to pursue the records of investigation.
The term of limitation begins six months at the latest after the return of the vehicle. When such records become available Europcar shall immediately advise the renter of the date they were produced to them.
Europcar shall be liable for claims or remedies, such as damage/loss of personal and other belongings, bodily injuries etc. from renter arising from accident, theft etc. only in amount of coverage insurance company provides and actually pays to Europcar. Renter obliges him/herself not to pursue Europcar for any amounts in addition to those paid by insurance company.
Any disputes arising from or in connection with this Contract shall be referred to the courts of Koper, Slovenia.
9. By signing the rental agreement-contract and vehicle condition report (which is part of the rental agreement-contract), the renter acknowledges the terms and conditions (which are part of the rental agreement contract) indicated in this document (front and back page), with which renter promises to comply.